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Two new COVID-19 cases in Washington, one in Sullivan

Mike Still • May 26, 2020 at 8:52 PM

Northeast Tennessee reported three new confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday while Southwest Virginia remained level in cases and deaths.

The Tennessee Department of Health tracking webpage (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov) reported two new cases in Washington County, for a pandemic total of 75 and no deaths, while Sullivan County gained one case for a pandemic total of 62 and two deaths.

Five other counties remained level Tuesday: Hawkins with 31 confirmed cases and two deaths; Greene with 47 cases and two deaths; Carter with 19 cases and one death; Johnson with 15 cases and Unicoi with three cases.

The LENOWISCO Health District remained at 42 confirmed cases and four deaths, according to the Virginia Department of Health (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus). Wise County’s case and death total remained at 24 and two, with Scott County’s totals at seven cases and two deaths. Lee County and Norton, which have not seen any deaths during the pandemic, stood at nine and two cases, respectively.

Wallens Ridge State Prison, which had seen three cases and two recoveries since the pandemic began, saw a new confirmed case for a staffer or contractor, according to the state Department of Corrections’ tracking webpage (vadoc.virginia.gov/news-press-releases/2020/covid-19-updates/). The case was not included among the LENOWISCO district case totals.

Tennessee’s totals stood at 20,965 cases and 343 deaths Tuesday — an increase of 358 and five, respectively. The pandemic total statewide testing rate was 403,504 of 6.83 million state residents, or 5.91%.

Testing rates by county in Northeast Tennessee on Tuesday were:

— Hawkins, 1,489 people or 2.62%

— Sullivan, 3,975 or 2.51%

— Washington, 3,152 or 2.43%

— Johnson, 1,912 or 10.75%

— Carter, 1,320 or 2.34%

— Greene, 2,117 or 3.1%

— Unicoi, 430 or 2.4%

Virginia reported a pandemic total of 39,342 cases and 1,236 deaths Tuesday — increases of 1,615 and 28, respectively. The statewide testing rate for people with nasal swab and blood tests was 298,270 of 8.63 million, or 3.45% percent. For nasal swab testing only, 265,279 people have been tested to date, or 3.07%.

Across the LENOWISCO district, 1,844 people have been tested via nasal swab during the pandemic — 2.13% of the district’s 86,471 residents. Nasal swab testing rates for the district’s four main localities in Tuesday’s report were:

— Lee County, 420 or 1.79%

— Norton, 81 or 2.03%

— Wise County, 859 or 2.3%

— Scott County, 484 or 2.24%

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